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Marry For Love The point of view of a novel usually decides which characters we sympathize with In the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Elizabeth Bennett is the focal character which causes the reader to feel closest to her The reader can relate more easily to her feelings and actions and given that all of Elizabeths opinions on large issues are known and understood the reader tends to side with her By making the story from the point of view of Elizabeth Austen is able to take advantage of the closeness between reader and character to make a political statement about the institution of marriage and thus shows her own feeling that it is a mistake to marry for any other reason besides love One way that she shows her feelings on matrimony is by using Elizabeths voice as her own to approve of some characters decisions about marriage Elizabeths approval of certain characters shows Austens approval and in this case Elizabeth approves of the marriage between Jane and Bingley Jane and Bingley show throughout the novel their genuine affection for one another and Elizabeth observes about Bingleys affection for Jane I never saw a more promising inclination He was growing quite inattentive to other people and wholly engrossed by her Is not general incivility the very essence of love 106 Mrs Bennett approves of the match mostly on a monetary basis and exclaims Why he has four or five thousand a year and very likely more Oh my dear Jane I am so happy 260 Elizabeth however looks down on her mother for this and approves of the marriage because she can tell that the two are truly in love with one another Austen also makes those in love the happiest of all the characters Jane and Bingley are truly in love consequently they are two of the happiest characters in the novel Jane announces that Tis too much By far too
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